Monday, October 17, 2011

Doting dad can't wait for Xmas

EMILY MACDONALD  |  
WHEN WO1 Paul Richardson comes home for Christmas the best present will be meeting his beautiful baby girl for the first time.
While he hasn't met baby Grace yet, her plaster cast hand and footprints adorn his shelf, a personalised mug sits on his desk and photographs cover the walls of his office.
WO1 Richardson was the first Townsville-based deployed defence force member to view his baby through new technology Look@MyBaby which streams a live video feed from the infants hospital crib to a secure mobile or computer connection.
Since then he's been interacting with his daughter and partner Cheryl Elston on Skype but he can't wait to hold her in his arms for the first time in December when she will be almost five months old.
"It was pretty hard to miss the birth because she is my first child," he said.
"When I was initially told on the phone that she had been born I didn't know what to feel. But now I think it's good I'll get home at a stage when she's starting to recognise people and there'll be lots of milestones for us ahead." WO1 Richardson said the experience had helped him identify with others who were missing family or friends back home.
"It's amazing how many people I have run into here with deployment babies," he said.
"A lot of people over here use Skype it's so much better to be able to see your loved ones not just talk to them."
WHEN WO1 Paul Richardson comes home for Christmas the best present will be meeting his beautiful baby girl for the first time.
Thank you Emily and everyone at Townsville Bulletin

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